"God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah. That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations" (Ps. 67:1-2).
As Christians, we are the ones who have the glory of God shining upon us. We have experienced His wonderful mercy in a real way. The Lord wants us to take what we have received from Him and use it to be a blessing in some way.
The first key way we do that is, of course, through prayer. Prayer can go places that we often cannot go, like nothing else can.
Why else do you think the apostle Paul coveted the prayers of the Christians as he traveled the nations? Because he knew that prayer would prepare the ground to receive his preaching! It was committed prayer that also rescued the apostle Peter from being beheaded in Acts 12.
Right now, we need to cover the nations in prayer like never before. There has almost been a lull concerning global prayer, yet there is so much unrest brewing around the world. We seriously need to water the ground in prayer, ask for God's protection over nations, declare that angels would be sent to deliver the righteous and that the gospel would find an open door. The nations desperately need our prayers right now.
Without question, the committed prayers of the saints could abort certain tragedies and evil uprisings. We all especially need to pray for the nation we live in. Pray for your governmental leaders. God wants to drive back the darkness so the nations can see the light in this hour; but once again, we must be the ones who pray fervently so God's saving power can bring life and health to the nations of the world.
Here is a prayer to help you get started:
I make a fresh commitment to pray for the nations that you lay upon my heart. I ask that Your presence would begin to work in those countries and cause open doors for the gospel to be preached and that the believers who live there would prosper and be protected.
Cause the people of ______________________ to hear the word of the Lord and to live in safety. I ask You to bless the nations afresh today! In Jesus' Name, amen.
About the author: Brenda Kunneman is co-founder with her husband, Hank, of One Voice Ministries (ovm.org), and they co-pastor Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, Neb. The Kunnemans minister together in prophetic demonstrations of the gifts of the Spirit, and Brenda also speaks at conferences, providing prophetic impartation and deliverance. She is the author of several books including The Supernatural You and When Your Life Has Been Tampered With.